Grateful Dead

GarciaLive Volume One

The GarciaLive series has officially launched!

The first release from the GarciaLive series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW's broadcast of the early show.

The band, which included Garcia on guitar and vocals, partner in crime John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on Keys and Johnny de Foncesca on drums at the time, was wrapping up a three-week East Coast run with the performances on this evening. Highlights including "That's All Right, Mama" (made famous by Elvis), an early show encore of "Deal" and a rollicking version of "That's What Love Will Make You Do" show Jerry and the band loose and fluid at the end of the tour.

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theatre 1839

$28 sounds reasonable...maybe you can bundle your order? One that's demanding high dollar right now is Bay Area '78...

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Opinions

Hey all, I'm ordering this for sure. My Garcia collection is less complete than my GD collection. Favorite official releases are the 1975 show with Nicky Hopkins and the compilation "How Sweet it Is". I also like "Don't Let Go" a lot, and it is the same line up as the Theatre 1839 shows in 1977 I believe.

Which brings me to this question: Is the 1977 "Theatre 1839" set worth it? It comes to 28 bucks with shipping and tax on the Garcia site (and its being sold on Amazon Marketplace for like 60 bucks by the usual suspects). How does that release stack up with other Garcia live releases, including the new one, in your opinions?

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Robert Hunter

I have been extremely busy lately, moving my stuff into a new-old place. New in that I’m leaving my current abode, yet old in that it is the house I grew up in. It’s a homecoming of sorts, tempered with a bittersweet sense of coming full circle. So much to do! Stuff is everywhere, I’ve already made a million trips, my arms feel like they’re gonna fall off, and I’m still not done- I am truly amazed at the vast amount of dusty crap I have accumulated in just 20+ years! I swear, the next time I move it will be to the cemetery down the street!

Because of my hectic schedule, I haven’t had a chance to listen to all of GarciaLive1. Sunday morning proved to be the perfect opportunity to play catch up. So, armed with my one hitter and a nice hot cup of coffee, I went straight to disc 3 and cherry picked the two songs with Robert Hunter.

And I could not stop smiling- not just at his wonderful performance, but also in marvel of the sheer beauty and genius that is Robert Hunter. God bless you, sir- I feel as if I owe you a debt of gratitude- I sincerely hope that someday that I may be able to do something for you, to repay you for the many kind favors you have bestowed upon me- especially with all those wonderful lyrics to that sweet music that keeps my sanity intact (somewhat), and helps guide me on this journey of life.

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in the flow at the show

I could have heard some of those songs a million times-it doesn't matter when you're in the flow at the show with Jerry bubbling away --keep those shows coming along.

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It's not what they played, it's how they played it

Who cares what songs are played when the band (Dead or Garcia) was swinging? Any song was a treat when the boys were right!

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It's not what they played, it's how they played it

Who cares what songs are played when the band (Dead or Garcia) was swinging? Any song was a treat when the boys were right!

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JGB Releases...

I love the Jerry Band. Love them. I hate the releases. Hate them. Why? They are all the same. How many times must we hear Dear Prudence or That's What Love...or any other cover song ad nausuem? Is that all that was ever played/recorded at a Jerry show? Because if it is, the family can just keep all those "in the vaults" and spare us having to spend any more hard earned cash on repeats.

Sorry, but this release is no different.

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selling well

On a certain online seller the new release is ranked #11, in adult alternative category, I think. I hope this is a HUGE seller.

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Garcia Live

I also have been focusing on the GD releases from this site and have been neglecting the JGB offerings. This release has me re-thinking that strategy.

Food for thought... if this Garcia Live series grows legs- and I'm sure it will- perhaps they might consider selling subscriptions...?

Postscript: After some thought I realized that the Garcia Live discs are not put out by the same crew as the DaP's which would reduce the likelihood that they would ever consider a subscription approach....

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Love it

I will shamefully admit that I have not dabbled into JGB material near as much as I should. It does, however, come with little surprise how blown away I am by the quality on this release. There is not a snoozer moment from the first note to the last. The mood is very mellow and patient as the troop noodles the night away in Jersey. The mastering is amazing...a perfect mix of SBD crispiness and audience emotion that makes this a worthy purchase and must have for any fan. This release sandwiched between the body slam of Dave’s 5 and what we all know will be a historic Dave’s 6 already makes 2013 an amazing time to be a Deadhead.

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